A-Z Glossary of Information Security and Social Engineering Terms

Drive-by Download

Drive-by Download

vA malicious file that downloads automatically from a compromised website with little or no user intervention. Drive-by-downloads usually exploit out-of-date website plug-ins. In 2011, visitors to Amnesty International’s website got infected by a drive-by-download attack because hackers had exploited an out-of-date Java applet.

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